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Kavanagh Q.C. - Bearing Witness

4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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John Thaw (Inspector Morse) stars as masterful British barrister James Kavanagh, a top member of Queen's Counsel, in this compelling courtroom drama series. His skilful approach to cross-examination makes him a nightmare to guilty suspects as well as a formidable opponent in court. With high standards of justice, Kavanagh Q.C. remains a tough and steadfast pursuer of the truth.

Episodes: Bearing Witness, Innocency of Life & Dead Reckoning


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  • Actors: John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Geraldine James, Nicholas Jones, Valerie Edmond
  • Directors: Peter Smith, Ferdinand Fairfax, Charles Beeson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QFFB48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 16, 2009
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James Kavanagh QC, still reeling from shocks in his personal life and just beginning to pick up the pieces, faces three more challenging cases here during the second part of the fourth season (1998). Played by John Thaw (who also played Inspector Morse), Kavanagh reveals himself more fully to the audience than Morse did, wearing his heart on his sleeve more often and creating immense viewer sympathy. Assisted by Emma Taylor (Valerie Edmond), a tall, sometimes jeans-clad young rock star who is also a barrister, Kavanagh acts as a balance to her more volatile emotions. Her strong Scottish burr and her local slang are sometimes challenging to an American viewer, though her acting ability makes many of her references clear through context and body language.

In this set, Kavanagh faces three unusual cases--two in which he is defending and one in which he is prosecuting. "Bearing Witness" (one of Kavanagh's best episodes) is a powerful and thought-provoking case which Kavanagh accepts as a favor to Tom, his law clerk, who was once engaged to the defendant. A Jehovah's Witness, she is refusing to allow transfusions for her fourteen-year-old son, who is dying with a liver ailment which could be treatable. Though Kavanagh is not religious and does not sympathize with her point of view, he offers a vigorous defense of her rights and those of her son. In "Innocency of Life," he must defend a young woman on trial for murder, a woman who inspires no sympathy in the community where her popular, much older husband, the local pub owner, has been found murdered. Her relationship with a popular local priest further alienates her from the community.
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Fortunately, Kavanagh did not possess the moody character of Morse. Cases were interesting and we liked that there was some insight as to his private life. Acting was quite good. Would recommend to mature audiences.
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I have enjoyed all the Kavanagh Q.C. series. This was no exception. Well acted. One of John Thaw's best.
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